The 2018 Pantone color of the year is ultra violet and our eyes are absolutely
delighted! What’s even better, this is the perfect rich color for a wedding. Here are a
few simple ways you can incorporate it into your big day.
Bridesmaid dresses – This is the easiest way to get violet into your color scheme.
Not to mention your bridesmaids will look absolutely gorgeous in this color!
Reception – The possibilities are endless! You can have violet lighting to set the
mood of the venue. Or go all out and dress up the reception tables. Violet tablecloths,
violet candles and jewels, maybe even some violet flowers.
Invitations – Get the violet party started with the perfect invitations. Our Carlson Craft
Midsummer Dream Seal ‘n Send in violet is perfect for a couple wanting to use this
color on a budget. Our Wedding Day Grandeur Invitation is also a great match with
violet ink and a violet backer.
Drinks – Serve a fun signature violet cocktail to guests during your reception! And
don’t forget to provide your guests with the perfect violet napkin with your names
and wedding date on them!
A graduation party takes a lot of planning! Make sure you have enough party planning time and don’t miss anything important with our Graduation Party Timeline Infographic!
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Vibrant. Floral. Stylish. Sounds like everything your wedding should be.
And every wedding needs the perfect invitation! Our personal favorite is Carlson Craft's Enchanted Garden – this pocket invitation is beyond beautiful.
Tie it into your special day by having your bridesmaids wear floral dresses and all the bouquets have roses
with greenery peeking through.
For happy hour, serve champagne and hors d’oeuvres and allow guests enough time to socialize. On tables, place elegant bouquets of roses and greenery with tea candles around the table for a nice glow. Light up the venue with lights and tulle.
Dazzle the cake to the max with layers, frosting ruffles and of course more flowers. With a wedding like this, guests will be talking about all it for years to come!
This month, we are proud to unveil The Studio Collection, a series of sixteen impeccable wedding stationery suites, including Invitations, Reply Cards, Save The Dates, Monogrammed Stationery, and more. Innovative, distinctive styles incorporate calligraphic fonts that present a hand lettered look, rich textiles and lush florals, and a warm color palette. The Studio Collection is the epitome of elegant, statement-making wedding stationery and the pinnacle of the William Arthur Wedding Collection. Pictured below is just a sampling.
Rose Gold Suite
Elegant, romantic, and refined, the Rose Gold Suite represents a day you will treasure forever. Featuring luxurious paper accented with a striking rose gold beveled edge this invitation makes a lasting impression.
Luxurious paper, exquisite calligraphy, and a dramatic bevel adorn the chic and urbane Cityscape Suite. Accompanied by unique trousseau pieces, this timeless invitation evokes the excitement of an unforgettable celebration.
This stunning suite partners pretty and classic. The folder features a pearl border invitation layer while the sweet inside pocket holds all the important details of your special event. Fully customizable, all of the elements will be sure to reflect your signature style.
Imbued with Dutch tradition and artistry, the Delft Suite with its rich blue palette and bespoke painted design leaves a lasting impression. Old world charm combines with sophisticated touches for a look both classic and contemporary.
Indigo Dutch Floral Suite
Lush florals make a stunning impression with every piece in this rich and bold suite. A classic indigo border and seamless blend of stylish fonts present a polished, timelessly romantic look.
Floral Laser-cut Suite
This delicate floral lace folder opens to reveal a regal invitation with a spectacular effect. Coordinating lace accessories combine for an unforgettable presentation with a classically romantic tone.
Real Grey Suite
A glimmer of rose gold edges this layered white and grey invitation. The modern color pairing, thoughtful trousseau components, and calligraphic fonts speak to your fresh and distinctive taste.
Trend #1 - Vellum and Wax Seals
What better way to start our Top 5 List, than with vellum and wax seals!
We’re crushing hard on this romantic trend hitting the invitation game this year! There aren’t many things we love more than a stunning vellum overlay, a perfectly placed belly band, or a modern take on a classic envelope!
Looking for a unique way to elevate your vellum? Consider working with a local artist or your favorite calligrapher to personalize your designs using your wedding monogram, or a special quote! Another great way to elevate your vellum overlay or envelope – add a touch of ribbon or twine, then finish your piece with a custom wax seal!
Wax Seal Quick Tip:Adding wax seals to vellum for your wedding invitations? Make sure you select our Professional Grade Adhesive so that your peel and stick wax seals stay firmly attached! As vellum can be slightly slippery (almost like plastic), adding a piece of twine, ribbon, or wax seal are all great ways to keep your vellum details in place!
Photo credit clockwise from top to bottom: Whimsy B Paperie; Penn and Paperie; and Elisabeth Rose.
Trend #2 - White on White There aren’t many things that say wedding more than a pure white wedding invitation suite!
We’ve fallen hard for these stunning creations above (square wax seals anyone?!) and are seeing more and more of our designers creating Bright White custom wax seals!
We love that white wax seals can add modern elegance without causing any disruption to your existing color palette! Whether you are creating a modern suite design, working with a complex color scheme, or have decided to add wax seals later in your planning process – bright white is always a great choice!
Wax Seal Quick Tip: If your seals get dirty during assembly, take a cotton swab and dip it in a little bit of rubbing alcohol, then lightly brush the surface of your wax seals to remove any dirt or dust. Don’t worry – we use this method all the time, the rubbing alcohol won’t cause any harm to the seals!
Photo credit clockwise from top to bottom: Twinkle and Toast; The Aerialist Press; and The Lisserei
Trend #3 – Vintage Stamps & Wax Seals Talk about romantic!! One of our favorite trends for the summer wedding season (and beyond), is the combination of vintage stamps and custom wax seals! Perfectly paired to compliment any style of suite, this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon!
Did you know that many post offices have a secret hand-sorting option? This is a great tip for any of you who have incorporated delicate details (like wax seals, vintage stamps, etc.) to your invitations! While modern sorting machines are a wonderful invention, your beautiful wedding invitations may deserve a more gentle approach. Be sure to ask your Post Office if this is an option!
Wax Seal Quick Tip: Mailing your wax seals? We recommend using our Professional Grade Adhesive for your seals and requesting that your invitations be hand sorted. Want to be extra cautious? Slip your invitations into an outer envelope to protect all the pretty things inside!
Photo credit clockwise from left to right: Jasmin Michelle Designs; Heather O’Brien Design; Saffron Avenue
Trend #4 – Wax Seal Escort Cards Logos, and numbers, and monograms, oh my!
We are so in love with what’s happening in the escort card world right now! With every type of customization possible – from custom calligraphy, to numbered wax seals and designer monograms, there is no better time to get creative with your escort cards!
This season we’re seeing more and more of our brides and grooms working with calligraphers and designers to create stunning venue centerpieces out of their seating charts and escort cards. From custom calligraphy, to watercolor maps, and antique ladders finished with wax seal escort cards – this is a great way to create a keepsake for your special day.
Wax Seal Quick Tip: Looking for an easy way to create your own DIY escort cards? Be sure to check out our Wax Seal Number Package! Available in a range of numbers, and trending colors – this the perfect gift for the DIY loving bride-to-be in your life!
Photo credit clockwise from left to right: Emily Elizabeth Events; Laurel Writes and Lion In the Sun Paperie; La Happy Design & Calligraphy.
Trend #5 – Nature Inspired Wax Seals To top off our Wax Seal Trends List, we couldn’t possibly forget about the all of greenery inspired wax seals, invitation suites, wedding themes that are trending so beautifully this year!
Since the announcement of Greenery as the Pantone Color for 2017, we’ve seen a massive movement towards natural wedding invitations, foliage inspired wax seals, and stunning envelope liners. Whether you choose to add your favorite floral design, leaf, or iconic laurel design – you can never go wrong with beautiful florals, greenery, and wax seals!
Already designed your custom wax seal and now looking for another way to add greenery to your invitations? Find some beautifully patterned paper, then follow the step by step instructions by our friends at Martha Stewart Weddings to create your very own DIY Envelope Liners – the perfect finish to complete your look!
Wax Seal Quick Tip: We’re loving this inspiration from our friends over at Yonder Design with their combination of herbs and wax seals! Try stamping your wax seal directly over a sprig of your favorite herb – lavender and sage are our personal favorites! This beautiful touch is a great way to add a hint of fragrance that is perfect for your menus, centerpieces, or invitations!
Photo credit clockwise from left to right: Yonder Design; Paula Lee Calligraphy; Paper Plane Paperie.
by: Carlson Craft Creative Crush
Looking for last-minute touches to tie your graduation party together? Jazz up your party using our free printable décor suite.
The trendy black and white banner can be paired with your school colors and includes 2016-2018 artwork so you can use it for years to come! Hang it on the front door to welcome your party guests, over the treat table, above your proudly-displayed graduation photos and achievements or anywhere needing a festive touch.
Tags in different shapes and sizes can be used for topping cupcakes, grad cap chocolate candies or favor boxes stuffed with your favorite treat. You can even sprinkle them on the tables as decorative confetti or wrap them around the striped straws sitting by the punch bowl.
To get started, download the artwork and print on cardstock.
How to make the banner:
• cut out banner shapes
• punch holes in top corners
• string with jute for a natural look, use colorful satin ribbon to add your school spirit, or thread with glitter cord to add a pop of sparkle and shine
How to make the tags:
• cut out tag shapes
• attach to desired pieces – glue or tape square tags to toothpicks and use as cupcake toppers, wrap rectangle tags around striped straws using double-stick tape, or adhere to the top of favor boxes in your school color (and don’t forget the treats!)
Still looking for the perfect graduation announcement? We’ve got you covered. See all graduation announcements.
We love laser cut invitations. The exact precision and detail that goes into every invitation to make it unique is extraordinary! From vintage lace to modern type layouts, almost anything is possible with laser cut.
Beautiful laser cut invitations are perfect for any wedding. These invitations add elegant detail effortlessly. Guests will be impressed when they receive their invitation and know that they are in for an event so special and spectacular!
Check out Carlson Craft's laser cut invitations and our video that shows the special process.
Planning a Quinceañera? Here’s a helpful checklist/Detalles Importantes al planear su Quinceañera by Amy
Quinceañera is a wonderful and exciting time for a young girl and her family! With such a huge tradition comes a lot of planning.
You have the dress, the venue, the color scheme, the DJ, the court, the dance, the gifts… and the list goes on. There are so many details to make this special event perfect.
We don’t want you to miss anything important while planning, so that is why we put together a helpful Quinceañera checklist!
Use this list as you are planning to make sure you aren’t missing anything important from the beginning of the planning process up to the week before the big day.
La celebración de los Quince Años es un momento especial tanto para la festejada como para sus padres y familiares. Con esta gran tradición también se require una gran planificación.
Hay que preparar el vestido, el lugar, la combinación de colores, el DJ, la corte, la fiesta, los regalos y la lista continua . . . Son muchos detalles que se requieren preparar para que este evento especial sea perfecto.
No queremos que le falte ningún detalle de esta importante preparación , por esta razón le estamos organizando esta conveniente Guía de Lista Completa de Quinceañera.
Utilice esta guía de lista completa para asegurarse que no le falte nade desde el comienzo de la preparación hasta una semana antes del gran día.
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